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Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica

Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica

Labor disputes and internal bickering between labor unions and immigration officials may complicate the legal status of visitors, perpetual tourists and other foreigners in Costa Rica. At the heart of… Read more »

Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned

Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned

The Republic of Costa Rica is divided into 81 cantons administered by municipal councils. Over the last few years, 74 of these municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting the cultivation of… Read more »

Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica

Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica

Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani was a religious student in Afghanistan when he was introduced to jihad (the holy struggle of Muslims against infidels that is often hijacked by imbecilic extremists… Read more »

Cheap Beer and Cows: Unusual Smuggling in Costa Rica

Cheap Beer and Cows: Unusual Smuggling in Costa Rica

Three cows stuffed inside a passenger vehicle, two cases of Old Milwaukee and one of Milwaukee’s Best are among the unusual items that police officers assigned to guard the land… Read more »

Coast Guard in Costa Rica Foils Scuttling by Drug Smugglers

Coast Guard in Costa Rica Foils Scuttling by Drug Smugglers

Officers of the National Coast Guard Service in Costa Rica literally gave the shirts off their backs to stop sinking of evidence by four Colombian men charged with cocaine smuggling…. Read more »

More Women Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica

More Women Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica

Over the last few years, law enforcement agencies in Costa Rica have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women who become involved in drug trafficking. The Drug Control… Read more »

Online Petition to Restrict Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica

Online Petition to Restrict Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (Spanish initials: FECOP) has launched an online petition addressed to President Laura Chinchilla asking her to issue a particular Executive Decree before she steps down… Read more »

Costa Rica Takes Leadership Role Against Torture

Costa Rica Takes Leadership Role Against Torture

President Laura Chinchilla recently signed legislative decree number 9204, which creates a national protocol against torture, cruelty, unusual punishment, and degrading conditions perpetrated against those who are deprived of freedom… Read more »

Killing of a Jaguar in Costa Rica Prompts Investigation

Killing of a Jaguar in Costa Rica Prompts Investigation

The crude photograph of an adult jaguar lying dead on a pool of his own blood has caused indignation on social media circles in Costa Rica. The picture was posted… Read more »

Costa Rica Announces Immigration Policy Overhaul

Costa Rica Announces Immigration Policy Overhaul

Earlier this week, the Vice Minister of Government Administration in charge of immigration affairs in Costa Rica unveiled a new policy that will rule over the next ten years. Vice… Read more »

The Bizarre Juan Santamaria “Hero Conspiracy” in Costa Rica

The Bizarre Juan Santamaria “Hero Conspiracy” in Costa Rica

Although there is no historical question as to the events of April 11, 1856 during the Battle of Rivas in Nicaragua, there are conspiracy theorists and historical revisionists who claim… Read more »

Foreign Suspects in Costa Rica Charged with Financial Crimes

Foreign Suspects in Costa Rica Charged with Financial Crimes

In just two days in March, officers from Fuerza Publica, Costa Rica’s national police force, and its Operational Support Group (Spanish initials: GAO) detained a German couple, a man from… Read more »

Troubled Bus Line in Guanacaste Could Lose Operational Permit

Troubled Bus Line in Guanacaste Could Lose Operational Permit

The bus line once known as Transportes La Pampa, which has been serving passengers in Costa Rica since the 1950s, is facing serious accusations by investigative journalists and government agencies…. Read more »

Fast, Furious and Whiny: Street Racers in Costa Rica

Fast, Furious and Whiny: Street Racers in Costa Rica

An organization of motorcycle riders and street racing enthusiasts are petitioning the government for what they think is their right to burn rubber on the public roadways of Costa Rica…. Read more »

Sour Grapes: Fruit Peddler Kills Boss in Guanacaste

Sour Grapes: Fruit Peddler Kills Boss in Guanacaste

A man suspected of stabbing his former employer to death after a disagreement is now in custody after he turned himself in at a police station in Carrillo, province of… Read more »

Travel by Guanacaste Municipal Officials Questioned

Travel by Guanacaste Municipal Officials Questioned

The Mayor of Carrillo and other municipal officials in this canton of Guanacaste are well-traveled public servants. According to a report published in recent days by online news site Primero… Read more »

President Laura Chinchilla Responds to Critics in Guanacaste

President Laura Chinchilla Responds to Critics in Guanacaste

During a recent visit to the city of Liberia, President Laura Chinchilla did not mince any words when she sharply responded to comments made by a labor union leader and… Read more »

A Machiavellian Plot Brewing in Costa Rica?

A Machiavellian Plot Brewing in Costa Rica?

Following the announcement by presidential candidate and former Mayor of San Jose Johnny Araya’s decision to abandon his pre-runoff election political campaign in Costa Rica, his opponent offered a polite and… Read more »

Which Canton is the Safest in Costa Rica?

Which Canton is the Safest in Costa Rica?

If you are concerned about violent crime in Costa Rica, you may want to consider moving to the agricultural cantons of Hojancha and Nandayure in Guanacaste. Likewise, you may want… Read more »

Fishing Federation in Costa Rica Criticizes Tuna Restrictions

Fishing Federation in Costa Rica Criticizes Tuna Restrictions

The recent Executive decree signed by President Laura Chinchilla approving new restrictions on commercial longline fishing operations is a positive, yet not altogether effective, step towards stopping the overfishing and… Read more »

Journalists in Costa Rica Condemn Gory Accident Photos

Journalists in Costa Rica Condemn Gory Accident Photos

Diario Extra, a sensationalist tabloid in Costa Rica that is known for its bold headlines, over-the-top crime reporting and photos spreads of scantily-clad and seductive Ticas, was recently condemned by… Read more »

The Unquestionable Feminism of the Bribri in Costa Rica

The Unquestionable Feminism of the Bribri in Costa Rica

During any given week at university campuses around the world, the thorny topics of feminism, gender roles and female empowerment are perennially discussed and dissected by students and faculty. Lecturers,… Read more »

Legislator Claims That There is Plenty of Water in Guanacaste

Legislator Claims That There is Plenty of Water in Guanacaste

Despite its world-class golf courses, massive luxury beach resorts and proposed water parks (complete with wave pools), Guanacaste is known to most people as the region with the most serious… Read more »

President Laura Chinchilla Returns to Guanacaste

President Laura Chinchilla Returns to Guanacaste

As part of her farewell activities before transferring leadership of Costa Rica to the winner of the upcoming runoff election, President Laura Chinchilla is busy making sure that Guanacaste is… Read more »

Guanacaste Developer Donates Water Wells to Local Utility

Guanacaste Developer Donates Water Wells to Local Utility

At a time when the water crisis in Guanacaste has escalated into interventions by law enforcement officers, neighborhood vigils and scrutiny by politicians, a small coastal community is enjoying the… Read more »

Guns, Guns, Guns: Packing Heat in Guanacaste

Guns, Guns, Guns: Packing Heat in Guanacaste

Even though statistics and public opinion surveys indicate that the administration of President Laura Chinchilla has been able to make good on the campaign promise of a safer Costa Rica,… Read more »

TECOCOS Bill Supporters to March on Interamerican Highway

TECOCOS Bill Supporters to March on Interamerican Highway

Leaders and residents of Guanacaste’s coastal areas will take to the streets on Monday, February 24 to pressure congressmen to approve the Coastal Community Territories bill (TECOCOS – Ley de… Read more »

Law Approved Granting Administrative Autonomy to Municipal District Councils

Law Approved Granting Administrative Autonomy to Municipal District Councils

Those interested in the effort to create a new Municipal District Council (MDC) that includes Nosara and Samara are now able to realize their goal, due to the approval of… Read more »

Ongoing Conflict Over Water in Guanacaste Turns Political

Ongoing Conflict Over Water in Guanacaste Turns Political

Guanacaste is the province with the most water difficulties in Costa Rica, and the beach community of Playa Potrero is currently one of the most affected. As recently reported by… Read more »

50 Police and AyA Officials Break Locks Installed by ASADA in Playa Potrero

50 Police and AyA Officials Break Locks Installed by ASADA in Playa Potrero

The early morning of Tuesday, February 18 brought commotion to the coastal community of Playa Potrero in Santa Cruz, with the intervention of officials from the Public Force and the… Read more »